Ha ha! Spectrum, my rock-ribbed friend, you jump to conclusions about me. You want to box me in - slap a label on me so I’m easier for you to deal with? So while you’re telling me about me - what form of Theism do I believe in? Maybe you know me more than I do, but I don’t buy into any one theology or religion. I deem Christianity as warped into deifying a personification of pain body by human sacrifice scapegoat. But I see positive aspects and symbolism in it and other religions.Spectrum wrote: ↑July 15th, 2018, 12:40 amYou are lost on the principles of the theistic God.
Re God or anything there is the view of 'substance versus forms.'
Whatever the infinite of forms there is only one substance or essence to God.
Due to the limitation of words, God can only be best and ultimately described in the negative.
The ultimate definition of God has to be the ontological God, i.e.
"God is being than which no greater can be idealized"
As I had argued the ultimate ontological God is an impossibility to be real.
The only reason why the idea of a God [by default is ontological] emerged is because of the existential psychological impulses.
Why do you deny these psychological impulses that drive you to be theistic?
If you make an effort to understand these primal theistic impulses you will understand [not necessary give up] why you need to cling to a God.
First you claimed God can only be defined by what God is not, but then you assert, “The ultimate definition of God has to be the ontological God.”
What do you mean by “God is being than which no greater can be idealized
As I had argued the ultimate ontological God is an impossibility to be real”? Are you suggesting God as the highest GOoD imagined but never realized?
What’s funny is that unknowingly you are supporting what Buddha and Jesus taught - that the experience of God/Buddha (whatever word you prefer) is within you. Where else would it be? I think with you and most Atheists - the problem is semantics. You believe and have faith in things that are not proven & you have ultimate concerns that you worship/prioritize - but you just don’t label it God.